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Police: Md. PNC bank robber arrested


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a man who robbed a PNC bank during business hours in Laurel Wednesday morning after a man chase.

The Laurel Police Department said they were called to a bank robbery that happened at the PNC bank located at 390 Main Street, in Laurel at 9:30 a.m.

According to police, the man demanded money several times. He did not show a weapon but claimed to have one. The robber was able to get a total of $20,650.

Police said several customers and employees called 911 to report that a man had robbed the bank and fled on foot. Units first spotted the robber in a green minivan. Authorities said they tried to stop the man, however he sped off.

Laurel Police followed the robber along several city streets and city boundaries, including Prince George's County, Montgomery County and eventually into Howard County, police said.

Man in custody after barricade in Laurel


LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Laurel police officers say a barricade situation in the 100 block of Turney Avenue on Monday morning is over.

Officials started tweeting about the incident at approximately 8:30 a.m. Officials said that residents were asked to shelter in place and warned that some streets in the area may be closed.

At approximately 9:25, officials tweeted that a man was in custody. A woman suffered a laceration and was evaluated by emergency medical personnel. Officials did not immediately reveal how the woman was injured.


Police: Man arrested for attacking his supervisor

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police arrested a man for attacking his supervisor early Thursday evening at an apartment complex in Laurel.

Prince George's County Police said they arrested Robert Pandohie, Jr. of Laurel at an apartment complex in the 9500 block of Muirkirk Road in Laurel.

Police said they found the victim suffering from several stab wounds and cuts when they got to the apartment. According to police, his injuries are not life threatening.

The investigation shows the victim wanted to talk to Pandohie to talk about his attendance at work. Pandohie is part of the maintenance staff at the apartment complex and his victim is his supervisor, police said.

Pandhoie stabbed his supervisor several times, however the supervisor was able to wrestle away the knife during the attack, police said.

According to police they were able to recover the knife and arrested Pandohie. He is being charged with first and second degree assault.

Police investigate shooting of Laurel man

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County police are investigating the shooting of a Laurel man who was found in a pickup truck that had struck a tree.

Russell Elbert Rowe, 24, of Main Street in Laurel, Md., is in critical condition, police say. Rowe was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the 9400 block of Sewall Avenue around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Police say a Sewall Avenue resident called police to a report a pickup truck had struck a tree in front of his house. Police responded and found Rowe in the driver's seat alone in the vehicle.

Police say they believe Rowe may have been confronted by someone while sitting in his truck on Sewall Avenue, but it's unclear why he was there.

Detectives are continuing to investigate. Anyone who may have heard or seen something related to this incident is asked to call police at 410-313-3200.

Woman dies after townhouse fire in Laurel

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Howard County police say a woman injured in a house fire on Thursday in Laurel has died.

Police identified the woman as 50-year-old Kimberly Ann Murphy-Smith.

The two-alarm fire broke out at approximately 5:15 a.m. Thursday in the 9500 block of Canterbury Riding. Fire officials say firefighters found Murphy-Smith inside the home and she was transported in critical condition to Laurel Hospital.

There were no other injuries, according to officials.

Officials say flames caused minor damage to a neighboring townhouse, which was vacant.

The fire was brought under control around 6 a.m.

At this time it appears accidental, report police.

Former soldier gets 7 years in terrorism case

BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Army soldier accused of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization in Somalia after he left the military has been sentenced to seven years in prison in connection with the case.

Craig Baxam of Laurel was sentenced Monday in federal court in Baltimore. As part of a deal, Baxam pleaded guilty Monday to destroying records that might be used in a terrorism investigation, acknowledging he destroyed his computer before leaving the country in 2011.

Baxam was arrested soon after in Kenya. Prosecutors say he was on his way to neighboring Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabab, and he was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to the group. Prosecutors dropped that charge as part of the plea deal.

Broken water main in Laurel blocks Rt. 198 lanes

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A spokesperson for the City of Laurel says that WSSC is working on repairing a water main break in the area of Route 198 near Irving Street.

Lanes of westbound Route 198 are blocked in the area.